Think time and fire safety on Sunday, fire department says

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Standard time returns to daylight saving time Sunday, March 9 at 2 a.m. and people are asked to turn their clocks ahead one hour at that time.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m. when clocks spring forward one hour. — Telegram photo

The St. John’s Regional Fire Department is reminding the public to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, as well, as a safety measure.

A news release notes that most home fires start when people are asleep.

“Instead of waking you up, smoke from a fire can put you into a deep sleep. A working smoke alarm will detect smoke and immediately sound to alert you and others in your home. This early warning will increase your chances for survival by providing more time to escape,” the release states.

The department is offering the following safety tips:

• Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and CO detectors twice yearly;

• Test your alarms monthly by pressing the test button on front of the alarm cover;

• Install a smoke detector on every level of the home including the basement. In addition, there should be one in every bedroom and outside sleeping areas;

• Replace smoke alarms that are 10 or more years’ old and five or more years’ old for a CO detector. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and should they malfunction, replace them immediately;

• Make sure your family has an escape plan in place;

• Practice the escape plan every six months;

• Never go back into a burning building.

• Call 9-1-1 for any emergency.

Organizations: Regional Fire Department

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